What is it that makes people feel that they just don’t measure up to others?  The constant comparing of one’s self to another is detrimental.  If a person thinks like that they will never succeed then they won’t. They have already programmed their subconscious mind to respond to their negativity.  I often hear others say, “Why can’t have have that mansion, expensive car, promotion, or date that attractive male/female?” Then they literally go on to say what failures they are, how they will never succeed, and be like the rich and famous.  First of all they really need to appreciate what they have.  If they live in a decent home, drive  a reasonable car, have a steady income, food to eat, clothes to wear and have friends, they are ahead of the game. Our lives are not always perfect, but you have to start somewhere.  I think part of it is social media.  Whenever there is an event such as awards, dinners, etc. the media is out there comparing everyone’s clothes.  Is it better than last year?  Does he or she appear to have the best outfit?  What is the importance of all this and what does it matter?  We all went through this in high school.  We were all trying to measure up and be part of the popular crowd.  After graduating from school, just what does it matter?  It’s subtle bullying in a way.  Plus there is also one leader who believes he or she is the best.  Are they the beginning narcissists?  The point of all this is appreciate the good, let go of the bad and who cares if people are better off than you.  Be happy in your own life because for all you know they might look fabulous on the outside but be totally miserable on the inside.  In the Good Gus series since most clothes and homes were made by the residents, there was no reason to compare or measure up to the other residents.  It’s online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.